During the last thirty years, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition has become increasingly important within Pediatrics. National as well as international societies have been born and have contributed to improved research and teaching in this field. Our Journal publishes many original papers, publishes the abstracts of annual Congresses and provides outstanding knowledge, while its impact factor is increasing year by year. Joint meetings between the North American and the European Societies were held in 1985, 1989, 1994 and 1998. After the very successful first World Congress of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition held in Boston in 2000, the Federation of the International Societies of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (FISPGHAN) was created. The European Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN) will organize the 2nd World Congress of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition under the umbrella of FISPGHAN in Paris in July 3-7, 2004, and the Latin American Society will host the third in 2008. The World Congress is replacing the annual meeting of the five sister societies every 4 years.
A World Congress is a unique opportunity to highlight important topics relevant to the evaluation and care of infants, children and adolescents with gastrointestinal, hepatic, pancreatic and nutritional disorders from both developing and developed countries. The five-day program of the World Congress this July has been designed to emphasize and update scientific advances and provide numerous educational opportunities. All topics have been selected in order to promote active exchanges between pediatric gastroenterologists, hepatologists, endoscopists, nutritionists, and surgeons. It also aims to bridge science, clinical practice, public health and ethics.
The post-graduate course organized by ESPGHAN will take place during the first two days of the World Congress. It will offer a large choice of topics in the field of gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition, including sessions entirely devoted to endoscopy and basic science.
The Scientific Committee, chaired by Hans Buller with the close collaboration of Deirdre Kelly and Berthold Koletzko, has designed an original program including 42 Scientific Symposia. The format of the symposia will combine key-note lectures and oral presentations of the best selected abstracts. Among these scientific symposia, some are organized by NGOs such as the World Health Organization, the International Pediatric Association and the European Cooperative Obesity Group. These busy days will also include “Meet the Professor” breakfast sessions to discuss a selection of 24 relevant topics, Working Group reports covering 18 different topics and 12 industry-sponsored satellite symposia. We have invited investigators from all around the world to submit abstracts on-line. Abstracts are being peer reviewed by an international committee, and those selected will be presented as oral communications during plenary sessions or scientific symposia. Poster sessions will take place every day, and specific poster presentation sessions will be organized at lunch time for the best scored abstracts. Selected abstracts as well as the Working Group reports will be published in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition available at the time of the World Congress. Outreach awards and scholarships will be available to support attendance at the meeting of young investigators submitting their original work. Full information regarding application is provided on the web site of the World Congress: www.wcpghan2004.com.
Nurses are invited to attend this international event. There will be many parallel sessions addressing issues and meeting the educational needs of nurses serving increasingly proactive and expanded roles within the speciality. Dieticians will find in this meeting many scientific sessions that will be of high interest for them, especially in the field of nutrition.
All participants will meet in the Palais des Congrès of Paris, ideally located in the western part of the French Capital. We hope everyone who attends will have a bit of time to enjoy the wonderful attractions of Paris, a city with both a historic and a modern face - monuments - museums - art galleries - theatres - restaurants and shopping. All physicians and scientists from around the world are invited to join us in early July 2004. The scientific reputation of those who will be contributing to this high quality program, the modern facilities of the Palais des Congrès and all the excitement that Paris offers, will make an exceptional combination.
By attending the 2nd World Congress, you will make YOUR CONGRESS successful.
See you soon in Paris!